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f:609 -    Watching the movie, The Message
Country : Aduni, India,
Name : Tauseef Ahmed
Question:     There is a film, "The Message," in which the early days of Islam are shown.  In this film, European actors have played the role of the Sahabah.  However, Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has not been shown on screen.  Can we watch this movie?
Answer:     Watching every film is a waste of time and a useless act.  In this, there is acting, which is not free of deceit and lies.  If there is any nudity, then its offensiveness increases all the more.  There is no allowance for it in Islam.

"The Message" is the film in which some actors have portrayed the roles of the Companions. They have made condemnable efforts to portray the important parts of Islamic history like the Battle of Badr, Battle of Uhud and so on.  In this film, the honor of the Companions has been played with.  Apart from the usual lies, etc., which is present in films, here Islamic history has been treated irreverently.  

Declaring or believing any person as a companion of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is nothing but disrespecting the Sahabah.  In speculatively portraying the Battles of Badr and Uhud, the intent is nothing but to decrease the importance of these important battles.

Portraying the character, activities of daily living, manners, etc. of the Companions using guesswork is an outright attack on the honor of the Companions, which no Muslim can bear.

Thus, watching this movie is a sin.  Not only this, watching this is spreading the insult of the Companions.  Thus, one should strictly refrain from watching this and this movie should be boycotted.

If somebody has seen it, then they should repent before Allah Ta'ala and should refrain from watching it again.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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